It’s been confirmed that students in Dubai will have shorter school days during Ramadan.
According to a circular sent to schools by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), school timings should not exceed five hours during Holy Month, which is expected to start around Tuesday, 15th May, depending on the moon sighting.
Mohammed Darwish, Chief of Regulations and Permits Commission at the KHDA, said: “The holy month of Ramadan is very important to us all in Dubai, and the UAE. Ramadan is understandably challenging and exciting for young Muslim students as they seek to carry out their daily routines while also fasting. We wish to remind all schools of their collective responsibility to ensure student wellbeing.”
The school day during Ramadan will start between 8am to 8:30am and finish between 1pm to 1.30pm, with shorter breaks as needed.
Fasting students will be exempt from physical education classes and any physical activities. All students must be protected from the risks of exhaustion and dehydration. Out of respect for the holy month of Ramadan and fasting students, eating and drinking will be limited to designated areas in the school.
Working hours during Ramadan for those in the private sector have not been confirmed, but UAE labour law says they should reduce by at least two hours per day.